School Forensic Art Workshops

School Workshop Programs
Instructor: Stephen Mancusi

Forensic Art Program Grade/High School/College


  • To allow the students an opportunity to experience a practical implementation of art as it pertains to the field of forensic art.
  • To motivate the students to discuss and investigate the variety of facial characteristics in a multicultural society as they examine themselves and others.
  • To have the students explore these topics through hands on drawing experience
Class Structure:
Each session will begin with a brief discussion and investigation of the day's topic. These topics could include: composite art, pencil drawing techniques, facial proportions, facial characteristics and rendering a finished composite. The main part of the session will be an art drawing project related to the topic being explored. A modified grouping will be used so the students are encouraged to draw each other or themselves. The projects will be designed to motivate the students' self-initiative in working towards the completion of a professional composite drawing. Each session will end with a short discussion on what was learned and how it can be implemented in compositry.

Each student will have an enhanced ability in pencil drawing and a better visual understanding of facial variety. The students will complete a facial drawing study. This finished sketch of themselves, or a classmate, can be placed in a "Wanted Poster" layout.

Teacher's Preparation or Follow-up:
Teachers can explore topics such as portraits, facial anatomy, the practical aspects of art as a career and the need to improve one's visual skills to enhance artistic talents.

Any special equipment and materials will be provided (wanted poster and face templates, demonstration materials, handouts etc.)
The school or artist will supply all bulk materials such as paper, pencils, etc. A list of materials required will be provided.

Student drawing

Illustration Program High School and Adult

  • To expose the students to a professional illustration technique and allow the students to express their creativity and imagination within this structured format.
  • To have the students explore this technique through discussion and hands-on art projects.
  • To create a finished illustration.

Topics Covered:

  • Student will be assigned an illustrative project such as a book jacket art or poster art. The project assigned will be governed by the length of the program.
  • A discussion of job specifications is reviewed.
  • A discussion of the message the illustration will portray is covered.
  • Visualization of creative ideas and thoughts in a rough composition sketch.
  • Importance of research.
  • Create a final composition and drawing.
  • Transfer final drawing to working surface.
  • Choose the final medium and complete the illustration.

The student will understand that art can be a serendipitous experiment, which may result in wonderful images. However, the professional artist must work within a structured process to achieve a constant level of quality with assured confidence. In doing so, the artist will find that the creative process will flourish within each stage of the technique. The ability to obtain a finished product will be realized.

Any special equipment and materials will be supplied (illustration projects, demonstration materials, handouts etc.)
The school will supply all bulk materials such as paper, art equipment and artist mediums. A list of materials required will be provided.

The above programs can be adjusted to meet the needs of a grade school, high school or college classes. The length of each program can range from a one-hour lecture to a several day residency.

Forensic Art

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